More than 60,000 koalas killed or harmed: Australian bushfires

I what can be called a deeply disturbing number for a species already in trouble, more than 60,000 koalas were killed, injured or displaced in Australian bushfires last summer, as per an estimate by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

In a report WWF-Australia Chief Executive Dermot O’Gorman, said, “That (60,000 figure) is a devastating number for a species that was already sliding towards extinction in Eastern Australia. We cannot afford to lose koalas on our watch.”

Having been dubbed as Australia’s “black summer” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the last summer’s bushfires had killed 33 people and razed over 24 million hectares (59 million acres) in the country.

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